• Monika Haebich: Arousing Desires

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    Posted on November 28, 2014 by Monika Haebich

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    ……….Fashion and the erotic are deeply intertwined. While fashion is often portrayed as the covering of the naked body, it is often fashion that reveals and emphasizes the human body. Luxury goods, in particular, act as embodiments of our aroused desires, and ornamentation often connotes sexuality and impulse.

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    Just as ornamentation and adornment are commonly seen as sexual symbols, there is a luxurious appeal of the unclothed body. Associated with both idleness and pleasure, the naked body is both beautiful and erotic. Likewise, there is a fashion even of the unclothed body. Embedded with cultural and social implications, the nude figure is never immune to fashion.

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    In order to emphasize the beauty and fashion of the naked body, I chose to photograph the body partaking in the ultimate luxury: a hot bath. Various pieces of jewelry are shown in each photograph, their flashiness and highly ornamented designs in contrast to the nakedness and simplicity of the unclothed body. Muted colors emphasize a peaceful and calm portrayal of the pleasurable erotic, and slightly abstracted and fluid compositions mirror the indulgent luxury associated with the gratification of desires. By photographing the model in water, I also wanted to emphasize fashion as a natural extension of the body. Are dress, the body and the self ever completely separate? How do the three interact as a totality? Connected through the water, through contact with the body, and through similar color schemes, fashion and the body become one in this photo shoot.

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    While some models revel in the opportunity to be seen and recognized, others, like this model, would rather remain anonymous in the context of an erotic photo shoot. Although this model wanted to partake in the photo shoot as a documentation and celebration of her sexuality, her adamant demand to remain unrecognized in the photos suggest a disconnect between her desire for a display of truly liberated sexuality and her fear of being recognized due to societal expectations and demands for “properness.” To accommodate her request for anonymity, I refused to confront the subject head on, lending the photographs a voyeuristic feel. While the viewer is grated access to watch as the subject indulges in various luxuries, the viewer is never invited by the subject to join the scene.

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    Eroticism is here portrayed through a voyeuristic lens that separates the viewer and the subject; however, there is undoubtedly a desire in both for a more liberated sexuality. Rather than hide sexuality as a taboo, I hope to invite viewers to see the beauty and familiarity of the sexuality in us all.

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    Editor’s Note: Monika Haebich is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2015


  • TWS: Portrait of the Day

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    Posted on November 26, 2014

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    Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014

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  • UPenn: Photography & Fashion

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    Posted on November 24, 2014

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    Editor’s Note: Clothing provided by Bonded Boutique, 3724 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104. 215-382-1890

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    Agency: Main Line Models & Talent.com

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    Makeup: Emily Dimant

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    To shop at Bonded online: BondedBoutique.com


  • TWS: Shannon – Philly Girl Series

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    Posted on November 20, 2014

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    Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2014


  • Celina Tsu: Anicca

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    Posted on November 18, 2014 by Celina Tsu

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    ……….There is a Buddhist belief that maintains that instead of possessing one consistent soul or identity, humans are made up of five khandas that govern our personalities.These elements– rupa, vedana, sanna, sankhara, and vinnana– translate roughly to sense, emotion, perception, mental formation of the world, and consciousness. They create our views and inform our actions. The khandas follow the principle of anicca, or impermanence, in that they are always changing due to the constant impressions that are being made on one’s mind by each experience, interaction, or thought that an individual encounters. In this way, the sense of identity that we put forth is really just an aggregate of all of the unique events, memories, emotional responses, and cognitive appraisals that form an infinitely complex and unique person.

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    In this series of pictures, I chose to depict this concept in the circumstance of attempting to cope with a tragedy. Individuals who judge others’ actions that can be categorized as degenerate behavior sometimes do so while failing to consider the experiences that led up to the particular moment of another person’s life that they may be witnessing. The series is meant to initially portray Gabriella as poised before she is impacted by a loss in her life that changes her khandas in the ways depicted in the next few photographs. The end photos of her in mourning allow the audience to empathize with her after they understand an essential piece of her story.

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    About The Author: Celina Tsu is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2015.


  • Qingying Xia: Trapped

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    Posted on November 17, 2014 by Qingying Xia

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    ……….My original idea was to feature a collection of earrings, but when I visited my model’s wardrobe I realized I loved her tight dresses so much that I had to do a series on them too. Her dresses were mostly semi-formal but at the same time, scandalous. She told me these were for her parties but they were too nice to be worn for the frat parties on campus. There were few chances she could wear these nice dresses so they’ve lied in her wardrobe for a while. She was burdened with schoolwork and recruiting everyday but in her deep heart she wished to mess around in parties instead.

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    Thus, I decided to make a photo shoot under the theme that a girl is trapped in her living setting. She probably wouldn’t have much chance to wear her dresses outside of her house and building, but she could still look great and fashionable with ordinary settings as the background. I’m not trying to criticize any system or environment in my photos. I want her to bloom in any setting her life makes her fixed to. Even though it’s called trapped, it’s not about going crazy or getting really sad in an enclosed environment. It’s about Wabi Sabi, finding beauty in imperfect ordinary things.

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    Here began our 4-hour photo shoot. I did her make-up and matched her dresses with my earrings and shoes, all in a simplistic style. I also brought along boxing gloves and ostrich feathers to give the photos an interesting tinge. The six single images I picked are my favorites. The first one with the blue dress was shot near the elevator shaft in her building. Second one with the red dress was shot on the sink in her room. Third one with gloves in the corridor. Fourth and fifth one were in the staircase. I love the color and frame of the stairs. She was totally “trapped” in the fifth one haha! The last one was done by the window at sunset.

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    About The Author: Qingying Xia is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015.


  • Srey Beaulac: Suit Up!

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    Posted on November 16, 2014

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    ……….For this autumn fashion, suits are in and shorts and t-shirts are out.  Women love men in uniform, especially in suits.  Like Barney, from the television series How I Met Your Mother, would say, “Suit Up!”  In the show, Barney wore a suit almost every day because he knew they looked dashing on him and girls loved it. 

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    College ladies complain how the boys dress poorly in school- they’re either wearing shorts with sneakers or jeans with a T-shirt.  So men, pay attention carefully.  These two college boys definitely know how to dress, whether for class or nightlife.  When going for a daytime look, throw on a more casual blazer, button down shirt with the top buttons undone, jeans or slacks, boat shoes, and a casual watch to finish the look.  As for the nighttime, go for a more formal look with loafers, a tie, and perhaps a pocket square.  The pocket square conveys a man’s true gentility. 

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    Suits are classy and fun to wear for any occasion.  They can be casual or formal depending on the on the style you’re going for.  The ensemble for a suit is limitless because you can miss and match to fit the style you want.  And since it’s autumn, throw on a scarf to accentuate the look.  People often mistaken scarves as feminine but the truth of the matter is that scarves are manly.  Scarves do an excellent job of protecting the neck which can ultimately help keep the body warm in the cold autumn weather.  They also add a strong element of style, especially when they introduce color to an otherwise bland outfit.  Like jewelry, scarves accessorizes the outfit.  Watches are also a good accessory to have when wearing a suit.  A wristwatch is more than just a time-telling device- it’s a statement.  It means you’ve pulled the outfit together and there are few things women find sexier.  

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    Editor’s Note: Srey Beaulac is a junior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania. Class of 2016.


  • Priscilla Andalia: Work Hard, Play Hard

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    Posted on November 14, 2014, by Priscilla Andralia

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    ……….At the University of Pennsylvania, the “work hard, play hard” motto is very popular among students. The mentality is that, if you work hard during the week, you can party hard on the weekends. Most incoming Penn students are not accustomed to such behavior but they are soon pressured into adopting this lifestyle. Freshmen tend to feel that partying is the only way to meet people and make friends. New college students already have difficulty transitioning to college life due to the new freedom that college provides for them. Constant pressure from peers to party makes this transition even tougher for these students. Subsequently, all that partying tends to have a negative affect on their grades and health. There are some who are able to juggle both partying and grades as the “work hard, play hard” motto may represent, however these kids are harming their health by not getting enough sleep and drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Therefore, the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle is not a healthy one.

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    Throughout their time at Penn, most students start to realize the importance of taking college life seriously; they begin to focus less on partying and more on their future careers upon graduation. However, there are always those few students who can afford to keep up the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle throughout all four years. The blond, whose apparel starts to become more profession throughout the series, represents the students who gradually mature and grow out of the partying behavior. This contrasts with the brunette who continues to value the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle.

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    Editor’s Note: Priscilla Andalia is a senior enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2015.


  • Gilles Berquet: Paris Photo

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    Posted on November 11, 2014

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  • TWS: Portrait of the Day

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    Posted on November 10, 2014

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